World’s Best Players To Contest Australian Open 2021

Australian Open Press Release, December 26, 2020

Australia’s world No.1 Ash Barty and eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic (SRB) will lead the fields at what promises to be a historic Australian Open at Melbourne Park from 8-21 February 2021.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the world’s best players to Melbourne and what promises to be a spectacular Australian Open following a year of disruption on a scale none of us has ever experienced before,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“Although the AO will look a bit different to previous years, the safety of everyone is our top priority. We have the opportunity to stage a very safe, and happy Slam, and give the players the experience of competing in front of crowds again, something they’ve missed for most of this year.

“There are so many great storylines for AO 2021. Serena is gunning for her eighth AO title while Novak, who often seems invincible at Melbourne Park, is going for a record ninth title. Our own world No.1 Ash Barty will return to Grand Slam competition, as will Roger Federer as he comes back from injury. And there’s a new crop of rising stars coming up to challenge them all.

“It’s going to be a great few weeks of tennis here in Melbourne.”

Joining world No.1 and defending champ Djokovic is world No.2 Rafael Nadal (ESP), [3] Dominic Thiem (AUT), [4] Daniil Medvedev (RUS), [5] Roger Federer (SUI), [6] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), [7] Alexander Zverev (GER), [8] Andrey Rublev (RUS), [9] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) and [10] Matteo Berrettini (ITA), making up an entertaining top-10 mix of Grand Slam champions and the next generation of young guns knocking at the door.

Serena Williams’ motivation is unquestioned as she sets herself up to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles by winning an eighth Australian Open crown.

Also in contention on the women’s side are world No.2 Simona Halep (ROU), 2020 US Open champion [3] Naomi Osaka (JPN), defending champion [4] Sofia Kenin (USA), [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR), [6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE), [7] Bianca Andreescu (CAN), [8] Petra Kvitova (CZE), [9] Kiki Bertens (NED) and [10] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR).

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka (BLR) returns, having missed the tournament in 2020, alongside 19-year-old Iga Swiatek (POL), the newest Grand Slam women’s champion who won Roland Garros in October.

A total of 104 players receive direct entry into the men’s and women’s singles main draw and a further eight are awarded wildcards, while 16 places will be determined at the qualifying rounds from 10-13 January 2021 in Dubai and Doha respectively.

In the past 17 years, the all-time Grand Slam leading trio of Djokovic (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020), Federer (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018) and Nadal (2009) have won the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup 15 times between them.

There have been eight different women’s champions since 2011 – Kenin (2020), Osaka (2019), Caroline Wozniacki (2018), Serena Williams (2017, 2015), Angelique Kerber (2016), Li Na (2014), Azarenka (2013, 2012) and Kim Clijsters (2011). 

Four other women join the field on protected rankings with [47] Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ), AO 2009 semifinalist and world No.78 Vera Zvonareva (RUS), [85] Katie Boulter (GBR) and [101] Mona Barthel (GER) all set to play in Melbourne.

World No.71 Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) and [83] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) join the men’s field on protected rankings.

Thirteen Australians have direct entry into their home Grand Slam, with top ranked Barty joined by [68] Ajla Tomljanovic and wildcards [129] Astra Sharma, [130] Maddison Inglis, [140] Lizette Cabrera and [450] Daria Gavrilova on the women’s side.

World No.23 Alex de Minaur leads the Australian men’s contingent with [38] John Millman, [45] Nick Kyrgios, [51] Jordan Thompson, [103] James Duckworth and wildcards [120] Christopher O’Connell and [124] Marc Polmans in the men’s draw.

Women’s entry list

Men’s entry list

Ranking

First Name

Last Name

Nation

Ranking

First Name

Last Name

Nation

1

Ashleigh

Barty

AUS

1

Novak

Djokovic

SRB

2

Simona

Halep

ROU

2

Rafael

Nadal

ESP

3

Naomi

Osaka

JPN

3

Dominic

Thiem

AUT

4

Sofia

Kenin

USA

4

Daniil

Medvedev

RUS

5

Elina

Svitolina

UKR

5

Roger

Federer

SUI

6

Karolina

Pliskova

CZE

6

Stefanos

Tsitsipas

GRE

7

Bianca

Andreescu

CAN

7

Alexander

Zverev

GER

8

Petra

Kvitova

CZE

8

Andrey

Rublev

RUS

9

Kiki

Bertens

NED

9

Diego

Schwartzman

ARG

10

Aryna

Sabalenka

BLR

10

Matteo

Berrettini

ITA

11

Serena

Williams

USA

11

Gael

Monfils

FRA

12

Belinda

Bencic

SUI

12

Denis

Shapovalov

CAN

13

Victoria

Azarenka

BLR

13

Roberto

Bautista Agut

ESP

14

Johanna

Konta

GBR

14

Milos

Raonic

CAN

15

Garbiñe

Muguruza

ESP

15

David

Goffin

BEL

16

Madison

Keys

USA

16

Pablo

Carreno Busta

ESP

17

Iga

Swiatek

POL

17

Fabio

Fognini

ITA

18

Petra

Martic

CRO

18

Stan

Wawrinka

SUI

19

Elena

Rybakina

KAZ

19

Grigor

Dimitrov

BUL

20

Elise

Mertens

BEL

20

Karen

Khachanov

RUS

21

Marketa

Vondrousova

CZE

21

Felix

Auger-Aliassime

CAN

22

Maria

Sakkari

GRE

22

Cristian

Garin

CHI

23

Anett

Kontaveit

EST

23

Alex

de Minaur

AUS

24

Jennifer

Brady

USA

24

Borna

Coric

CRO

25

Angelique

Kerber

GER

25

John

Isner

USA

26

Alison

Riske

USA

26

Dusan

Lajovic

SRB

27

Karolina

Muchova

CZE

27

Casper

Ruud

NOR

28

Yulia

Putintseva

KAZ

28

Benoit

Paire

FRA

29

Dayana

Yastremska

UKR

29

Taylor

Fritz

USA

30

Amanda

Anisimova

USA

30

Ugo

Humbert

FRA

31

Ons

Jabeur

TUN

31

Filip

Krajinovic

SRB

32

Donna

Vekic

CRO

32

Daniel

Evans

GBR

33

Ekaterina

Alexandrova

RUS

33

Lorenzo

Sonego

ITA

34

Qiang

Wang

CHN

34

Hubert

Hurkacz

POL

35

Shuai

Zhang

CHN

35

Adrian

Mannarino

FRA

36

Svetlana

Kuznetsova

RUS

36

Jan-Lennard

Struff

GER

37

Barbora

Strycova

CZE

37

Jannik

Sinner

ITA

38

Anastasia

Pavlyuchenkova

RUS

38

John

Millman

AUS

39

Sloane

Stephens

USA

39

Reilly

Opelka

USA

40

Magda

Linette

POL

40

Nikoloz

Basilashvili

GEO

41

Saisai

Zheng

CHN

41

Kei

Nishikori

JPN

42

Fiona

Ferro

FRA

42

Marin

Cilic

CRO

43

Caroline

Garcia

FRA

43

Guido

Pella

ARG

44

Jelena

Ostapenko

LAT

44

Miomir

Kecmanovic

SRB

45

Danielle

Collins

USA

45

Nick

Kyrgios

AUS

46

Veronika

Kudermetova

RUS

46

Albert

Ramos-Vinolas

ESP

47

Nadia

Podoroska

ARG

47

Richard

Gasquet

FRA

47 SR

Yaroslava

Shvedova

KAZ

48

Kyle

Edmund

GBR

48

Cori

Gauff

USA

49

Tennys

Sandgren

USA

49

Polona

Hercog

SLO

50

Alexander

Bublik

KAZ

50

Kristina

Mladenovic

FRA

51

Jordan

Thompson

AUS

51

Laura

Siegemund

GER

52

Alejandro

Davidovich Fokina

ESP

52

Marie

Bouzkova

CZE

53

Sam

Querrey

USA

53

Alizé

Cornet

FRA

54

Tommy

Paul

USA

54

Anastasija

Sevastova

LAT

55

Marton

Fucsovics

HUN

55

Rebecca

Peterson

SWE

56

Yoshihito

Nishioka

JPN

56

Patricia Maria

Tig

ROU

57

Laslo

Djere

SRB

57

Jil

Teichmann

SUI

58

Aljaz

Bedene

SLO

58

Heather

Watson

GBR

59

Frances

Tiafoe

USA

59

Katerina

Siniakova

CZE

60

Pablo

Andujar

ESP

60

Shelby

Rogers

USA

61

Vasek

Pospisil

CAN

61

Anna

Blinkova

RUS

62

Jo-Wilfried

Tsonga

FRA

62

Bernarda

Pera

USA

63

Gilles

Simon

FRA

63

Jessica

Pegula

USA

64

Feliciano

Lopez

ESP

64

Alison

Van Uytvanck

BEL

66

Dominik

Koepfer

GER

65

Barbora

Krejcikova

CZE

67

Pablo

Cuevas

URU

66

Sara

Sorribes Tormo

ESP

68

Jiri

Vesely

CZE

67

Su-Wei

Hsieh

TPE

69

Ricardas

Berankis

LTU

68

Ajla

Tomljanovic

AUS

70

Lucas

Pouille

FRA

69

Kristyna

Pliskova

CZE

71

Cameron

Norrie

GBR

70

Paula

Badosa

ESP

71 PR

Yen-Hsun

Lu

TPE

71

Sorana

Cirstea

ROU

72

Steve

Johnson

USA

72

Daria

Kasatkina

RUS

73

Marcos

Giron

USA

73

Nao

Hibino

JPN

74

Stefano

Travaglia

ITA

74

Arantxa

Rus

NED

75

Jeremy

Chardy

FRA

75

Lauren

Davis

USA

76

Salvatore

Caruso

ITA

76

Camila

Giorgi

ITA

77

Corentin

Moutet

FRA

77

Danka

Kovinic

MNE

78

Egor

Gerasimov

BLR

78

Irina-Camelia

Begu

ROU

79

Juan Ignacio

Londero

ARG

78 SR

Vera

Zvonareva

RUS

80

Marco

Cecchinato

ITA

79

Venus

Williams

USA

81

Kevin

Anderson

RSA

80

Zarina

Diyas

KAZ

82

Federico

Delbonis

ARG

81

Christina

McHale

USA

83

Pierre-Hugues

Herbert

FRA

82

Madison

Brengle

USA

83 PR

Mackenzie

McDonald

USA

83

Misaki

Doi

JPN

84

Thiago

Monteiro

BRA

85

Martina

Trevisan

ITA

85

Pedro

Martinez

ESP

85 SR

Katie

Boulter

GBR

86

Emil

Ruusuvuori

FIN

86

Kirsten

Flipkens

BEL

87

Lloyd

Harris

RSA

87

Tamara

Zidansek

SLO

88

Norbert

Gombos

SVK

88

Leylah

Fernandez

CAN

89

Mikhail

Kukushkin

KAZ

90

Aliaksandra

Sasnovich

BLR

90

Joao

Sousa

POR

91

Lin

Zhu

CHN

91

Federico

Coria

ARG

92

Ana

Bogdan

ROU

92

Attila

Balazs

HUN

93

Kaia

Kanepi

EST

93

Radu

Albot

MDA

94

Varvara

Gracheva

RUS

94

Mikael

Ymer

SWE

95

Yafan

Wang

CHN

95

Soonwoo

Kwon

KOR

96

Jasmine

Paolini

ITA

96

Dennis

Novak

AUT

97

Viktoria

Kuzmova

SVK

97

Roberto

Carballes Baena

ESP

98

Ann

Li

USA

99

Yannick

Hanfmann

GER

99

Marta

Kostyuk

UKR

100

Gianluca

Mager

ITA

100

Nina

Stojanovic

SRB

101

Andrej

Martin

SVK

101

Anastasia

Potapova

RUS

102

Yuichi

Sugita

JPN

101 SR

Mona

Barthel

GER

103

James

Duckworth

AUS

102

Andrea

Petkovic

GER

104

Yasutaka

Uchiyama

JPN

*Rankings as of 21 December 2020